Learn about gum disease and its symptoms
- Posted on: Aug 15 2020
The team of Boutique Smiles of Manhattan encourages patients to take good care of their smile for a variety of reasons. Not only will regular and daily care keep the teeth whiter and free from cavities, but it can also protect against preventative issues such as gum disease.
Understanding gum disease
Gum disease, referred to by dentists as periodontal disease, is an infection that develops in the mouth. It starts in the soft tissues and then spreads, causing irreparable damage to the bone, gums, and teeth. The condition is completely avoidable, and when it develops, it cannot be cured. This is why it is critical for patients to brush and floss after every meal, and visit their dentist regularly.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease is a condition that presents itself in the earlier stages as gingivitis. Gingivitis is characterized by sore, red, and swollen gums, as well as bleeding when patients brush and floss. This earlier stage can be treated with a visit to the dentist and an increased routine of cleaning and treatments. If untreated, this condition can worsen, and will result in the loss of gum tissue, jaw bone, and even adult, permanent teeth. To avoid this, patients must be proactive in addressing problems when they start, or take care to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
How do I prevent gum disease?
Gum disease can be prevented with proper oral hygiene habits. This includes:
- Brushing after every meal
- Flossing at least once a day
- Visiting the dentist every six months for an evaluation
- Visiting the dentist as soon as problems arise
This proactive approach to oral health will greatly reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease and tooth decay.
Discuss your oral health needs with a professional today
The team at Boutique Smiles of Manhattan offers New York, NY area patients solutions for their smile, including the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. Call the office at (212) 262-2952 and request a consultation visit with our team at 141 East 55th Street, Suite 2B. We are committed to providing patients with general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry under one roof!
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